4/23/18

Mongolian contortionist



Mongolian contortionist

The art of contortionism in Mongolia goes back at least to the 13th Century. It was a favorite form of entertainment for the mighty Genghis Khan.  Contortion has built a unique reputation for itself as being one of the most outstanding traditional physical art forms of Mongolia.

One old Mongolian folktale speaks of a king that arranged a marriage for his daughter, she did not love him but her father would not listen – on her engagement day she went through her contortion routine, the intended groom saw it and was terrified to the degree he left and was not seen or heard from again.

Mongolian contortionists aspire to be number one in the world. Mongolian contortionists are touring with companies such as Circus Smirkus and Cirque du Soleil. Mongolian contortionists display the feat of flexibility and stretching as well as bending the body into unusual and various shapes, lines and positions.

Mongolian contortionist start training around 5 years of age three hours 5 days a week for at least 10 years to attain professional status. Mongolian contortionists have strong hands and neck muscles. Other countries contortionists show a few different poises. Mongolian contortionist show many different elements many positions showing off their flexibility which few in the world can match.

Mongolian contortionist body flexibility makes them look like they are made out of rubber their strong hands that support them like steel, very importantly is their sense of balance as they move their bodies into different positions, even their ankles are flexible.

Most people understand they are on a strict diet that is not correct - they eat like horses as they train hard and burn off the calories very fast. They have a very high protein intake. (Mongolian contortionist E.Mandakh.)


By: Uzmee Pigg

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